Northeast Energy News

Study: Hydropower imports would cost generators $1.8 billion

HYDROPOWER: A new study says existing fossil fuel and nuclear generators would lose $1.8 billion in revenue over 15 years if a power line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine is built. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a net-metering bill for the third time while Democrats accuse him of reneging on a promise to compromise to expand solar access. (InDepth NH)
A new study says policy changes in Vermont have slowed solar adoption and the state will not reach its goals for 20% of electricity generation by 2025. (Solar Power World)
Competitive Power Ventures will build a $1 billion 150-MW solar facility in western Pennsylvania. (news release)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Utility regulators urge caution as the movement by cities to ban natural gas in new construction gains momentum in several states, including Massachusetts. (Platts)

OFFSHORE WIND: The second company to win an offshore wind contract in Massachusetts will use a port terminal developed by the state in New Bedford as its construction hub. (SouthCoastToday)

UTILITIES:
Maine regulators gave a contract to evaluate a state takeover of electric utilities to a contractor who should have been ineligible due to past work for one of the companies. (WGME)
Massachusetts communities that want to create their own municipal utilities are prevented by state law and efforts to change it have been blocked by legislative committee leaders that receive contributions from investor-owned utilities. (WGBH / New England Center for Investigative Reporting)

STORAGE: Massachusetts joins California in urging a federal appeals court to uphold federal regulatory orders allowing storage to participate in wholesale power markets. (Solar Power World)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey residents who bought electric vehicles on Jan. 17 or later are eligible for rebates of up to $5,000 even though a state contractor has not yet completed work on the rebate system. (Northjersey.com)

OIL & GAS:
The bankrupt owner of a Philadelphia oil refinery calls plans to restart the facility a “fantasy” and urges a court to approve its sale to a developer. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A former refinery worker makes a documentary that says the plant should not reopen. (WHYY)
• A gas driller that paid a civil penalty for a Pennsylvania brine water spill is charged criminally for negligence in the same 2017 event. (PennLive) 

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DIVESTMENT: The University of Pennsylvania says it does not have any direct investments in coal or tar sands but student activists are disappointed the school will not go through a formal divestment process. (WHYY)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say Connecticut should enact legislation to allow municipalities to purchase clean energy on residents’ behalf as other New England states do. (CTMirror)
• An environmental attorney says federal regulators are going out of their way to “steamroll” states’ attempts to promote clean energy and regulate pipeline construction. (Utility Dive)

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